Adam Savage takes a look at the fabrication process for detailed life-size replicas of Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit created for the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Apollo at the Park program. Here’s how 3D scans of the historic suit were turned into a 1:1 3D print, molded, cast, and then painted to be displayed in ballparks across the country!
We visit the workshop of Aurum Effects, where propmaker Eric Newgard guides us through his process of painting and finishing a God of War Leviathan Axe resin kit. Eric shares his techniques for painting urethane resin to look like old wood, shiny metal, and other materials. The finished prop is beautiful!
After testing his new suit of titanium armor built on Savage Builds, Adam brings it back to the cave to repair it to a display-worthy state and build a proper mannequin stand for it! If you’re in the United States, you can watch Savage Builds: Building Iron Man on Discovery GO with no cable subscription required!
We go hands-on with Tactical Haptics’ custom VR controllers. Their novel approach of using shear forces in virtual reality controllers really surprised and impressed us–it may be the most interesting implementation of haptic feedback we’ve tried so far. Plus, we review and recommend the game Freediver!
We build and test drive the new DJI RoboMaster S1, an RC robot that has a powerful drive system, blaster capabilities, and robust programming potential. We found that it was really fun to assemble and were really impressed with its responsiveness and FPV control. There’s a lot to unpack here!
Adam meets the titular character from the new film ‘I Am Mother’, and surprisingly, this robot is actually an incredible practical costume fabricated by Weta Workshop. Luke Hawker, the lead on the build who also performed as Mother, shows us how this complex suit works and what it takes to transform into a mechanical character.
Adam’s mom returns to the podcast as our special guest this week as we talk about our obsession with the show Fleabag–leading into a mini spoilercast discussion. Plus, we’re still processing the shutter of Maker Media, and give our appreciation for the team who tirelessly put on Maker Fare for the past ten years.